EXCEPT FOR POLITICS….. I sail off to the Caribbean for 10 short days and the world falls apart! Looks like our illustrious A.G, Eric Holder is in big trouble. (I call him Eric “With-Holder”) Apparently the I.R.S. is also in deep do-do. The “Gilligan’s Island” video was the straw that broke the camels back. (I hope that’s not an offensive term to Islamic terrorists.) Serves the bandits right, taxing my hard-earned royalty checks. They even sent me a nasty letter last year, refusing to believe that I paid my taxes late because somebody stole my identity. (You know what really hurt? The son of a gun returned my identity and said he didn’t want to be me! He must have been a book reviewer.)
Speaking of show business…… I just got back from a little book signing gig. I was signing copies of MURDER ON MAIDEN LANE for senior citizens at Mizner Park in Boca Raton. (I ended up giving away more books than I sold, but only because the old folks were so sweet, and my mother was watching!) I wonder if Elmore Leonard started like this? Hmmm.
And since we’re still on the subject of show business….. My dear, sweet friend, and fellow cruiser, Judge Susan Marquess, recently shared some wonderful news with me… her multi-talented son, Tyler, was just nominated for an EMMY AWARD by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences! (Tyler is the Line Producer of “Let’s Make A Deal.”) Hopefully, he will receive the EMMY on June 16, during the 40th Annual Daytime Entertainment Awards Ceremony. We will all be rooting for him, especially Uncle Steve who is also in show business, and very popular on certain beaches in the Caribbean.
Speaking of beaches….. I will soon be describing (in vivid detail!) and with plenty of adjectives, some of the hair-raising snorkel adventures that our crew undertook on the desolate and remote island of St. John! (Which was actually packed with tourists, but that sounds wimpy.) Stay tuned, you will love my shark story, the avocado tale, and the incredible snorkeling sisters, Tonya & Shannon! Most of what you will read will be factual, and the rest will be highly imaginative fiction worthy of a Pulitzer Prize!
Our flight back to Florida was smooth as silk, except for the little snag we encountered at “Customs,” on St. Thomas. A certain member of our party tried to smuggle out two DEAD iguanas! (Don’t ask.) The custom’s officer politely refused to let the smelly creatures out of the country. He told the would-be smuggler that airline policy clearly stated “one carrion per passenger!” Leapin’ lizards, that was a really bad joke! (Some might call it a “reptile dysfunction!”)
Well, on that note I shall take my leave of thee. I have to start packing for the long ride back to Texas. (With book signing stops in Tallahassee, Mobile, New Orleans, and Beaumont.) Hopefully, I won’t run out of books or be offered too many out-of-town checks! The next time we meet, I shall be back in the lovely Hill Country of Austin! Be it ever so humble…..
Be well, pay your taxes, and have a wonderful week! Love to all…..